Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{Waiting on Wednesday} Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun




“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun
Release Date: April 27, 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Published by: Harlequin TEEN
Pages: 384


About The Book
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

Why I Want To Read This Book
First off, this cover is amazingly beautiful!  The concept of this book sounds so unique and original.  I don’t really gravitate toward fantasy books as much, but I think that I would like to give this book a try.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

{Book Review} Edge of Chaos by Molly E. Lee



Edge of Chaos by Molly E. Lee
Published: March 30, 2016 by Molly E. Lee
Series: Love on the Edge #1
Source: Bought
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 229
{Goodreads}

Blake Caster has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Justin for so long, she can’t tell what is normal anymore, and so she clings to the one thing that is solidly hers—her passion for extreme weather.

Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and it forces her to realize just how toxic her relationship with Justin is. She can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash or how her heart stalls every time he gets too close to a tornado.

With each chase and the cherished moments with Dash, Blake discovers her own self-worth and gains the strength to end things with Justin for good. But he won’t go easily. As Blake tries to sever ties with one man, she fears she’ll lose the other to his dangerous obsession—and she doesn't know if she’ll be enough to save him from the impending storm that could end them all.

{Review}
This book is everything that I look for in a good NA romance!  I cannot believe that this was Molly Lee’s first book.  I think that this book was pretty balanced when it comes to plot elements.  It was fun, but still talked about darker topics.  It was cute, but it had a plot with substance.  It was romantic, but also focused on great friendships.   

I really liked the writing in this book.  It was fun and fluffy, but it had some amazingly deep quotes.  I also thought that the pacing for this book was perfect.  Its flow was steady, but it was also filled with intense moments as well.  I also liked the storm chaser aspect of this book.  It added a quirky quality that made it stand out over other NA books.  This book would be perfect for any readers interested in NA who don't not want to jump in with both feet.  It has some steamy scenes, but it is not overly descriptive. 

I really liked the characters in this book!  I thought Blake was a great female protagonist.  She is very relatable, but I can see how some people might find her decisions regarding Justin frustrating.  All I can say is that Lee did a great job portraying their unhealthy relationship very accurately.  The things Justin said and did might seem over-the-top and the way Blake justified it hit the nail right on the head.  I also thought that Justin was an interesting character.  Although he was horrible, Lee somehow made me want to know more about him and sad that he had lost his way. 

Of course Dash was amazing!  It was so refreshing reading about a male lead in a romance novel that was not a bad boy.  Dash was the good guy, but just as swoon worthy as the typical bad boy.  I liked that Dash let Blake make her own decisions, but stood by her side through it all. 

I liked the friendship that started between Dash and Blake first and then slowly bloomed into romance.  I also liked that this book does have some drama and angst, but is not over-the-top.  I loved the friendship between Blake, Dash, and the other storm chasers.  I am interested to see if there will be some spin off books about Dash’s friends. 

Overall, I would defiantly recommend this book for new and advanced readers in NA.  This is a perfect summer read! 
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

{Book Review} A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire



A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire
Published: December 10, 2013 by Atria Books
Series: Beautiful 2.5
Source: Library
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 146
{Goodreads}

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

{Review}
After I finished reading Beautiful Disaster, I NEEDED more! I picked up Beautiful Wedding without reading Walking Disaster, the second book in the series, because I thought it would be too repetitive since it is told in Travis’s point of view.  I think that was a mistake.  I missed out on characters and events that had apparently taken place during Walking Disaster that made me feel like I was missing out while reading this.  So, I would highly recommend picking up Walking Disaster before reading Beautiful Wedding, but I still really found myself enjoying the story.

I thought this book was a great continuation of Beautiful Disaster.  It had the same addicting writing, great characters and entertaining romance. I would think that anyone who enjoyed Beautiful Disaster would like this book, however, if you thought that Beautiful Disaster was mediocre, this book is not going to change your mind. 

I am really excited about continuing on with this series. I like how it seems to be weaved within the spin-off series focusing on the Maddox brothers.  I do still think I am going to continue reading without going back and reading Walking Disaster since the first Maddox brothers book happens at the same time as Beautiful Disaster, so I might not be missing too much.

I did wish that there was a little more in this novella.  It felt like not a lot happened that I didn’t already know about from Beautiful Disaster, but I do think that this set up for the Wattpad story Jamie McGuire has been writing.  McGuire is amazing and has continued Abby and Travis’s story in Endlessly Beautiful.  To read this, you can create a free Wattpad account and read the updates when she writes more.

Overall, I think that this is great for Beautiful Disaster addicts, but it did not make or break the love I had for the first book. 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

{Book Review} Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire



Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Published: May 26th, 2011 by Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Source: Bought
Genre: NA, Romance
Pages: 319
{Goodreads}

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

{Review}
This book took an emotional toll on me!  I can’t really put my finger on why I LOVED this book SO much, but I know that I am not the only one.  From looking at reviews, I think that this is a book that you will either love or hate.  I did have a lot of conflict when it came to rating this book, but overall, I had to go with how much I enjoyed the book and the emotions that it made me feel.  This book was defiantly the start of a new Jaime McGuire obsession!

The writing of this book was good, but was not mind-blowing.  I think that the writing had that addictive quality that makes readers want to read late into the night.  It was easy to get self-absorbed into McGuire’s great story telling.  I had found myself absolutely in love with this book within the first couple of chapters.  I also thought the pacing of this book was perfect.  It was steady, with several faster-paced scenes that made my heart race.

I really LOVED the characters in this book.  Abby was a great main protagonist and instantly felt connected with her emotions.  I did find that occasionally the decisions she made or some of her dialogue did not seem to match with her character development.  I also really loved America, Abby’s best friend.  I thought she was spunky and realistic.  Her friendship with Abby was great and was nostalgic to friendships I experienced in college myself.  America is the reason why I am so excited to read the novella that focuses on her relationship with Shepley.

I think that the reason why most people had problems with this book was Travis and his relationship with Abby, I know I did.  This was the one reason I questioned my rating for this book.  Is Travis the ideal book boyfriend? No. Was his relationship with Abby unhealthy? Most defiantly.  But I still loved it.  That being said, I am an adult who can differentiate between reality and fiction, but I think that it might be harder for younger readers to not feel like they want to find a love like Travis and Abby’s.  I think that the college setting and the friendships seemed to make their relationship seem less toxic, but once you move it into the real world, any self-confident women would not put up with Travis’s anger and possessiveness.  That being said, I did like Travis as a character and really enjoyed the drama that he always seemed to stir up.  I was hoping that his character would grow more and become more mature, but that did not happen.

The romance in this book was super angsty.  It was a constant will they/won’t they, which was very entertaining.  I did find myself rooting for them to finally admit that they loved each other, but it did get annoying how many times they were torn apart over unrealistic events.  I find it interesting that what kept Abby questioning her relationship with Travis was not the fact that he would constantly fly off the handle and either beat up people or threaten too, but that she thought she was not good enough for him.  I wish that Abby would have been more concerned over Travis’s behavior and question that fact that he seemed to obsessively rely on her.

Overall, I would not recommend young readers to read this book because of the toxic relationship and mature content.  I think that individuals who like NA contemporary romance, will really enjoy this book.  I am defiantly planning on continuing on with this series and look into other books that Jaime McGuire has written.  If her other books are as good as this, she will defiantly make it onto my auto-buy book list.

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